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Seat Of Power
Episode Details

Written by: Steven Levitan

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 13th December 1994

Original UK airdate: 8th September 1995

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Guest Cast
Danny Kriezel .... John C. McGinley
Billy Kriezel .... Mike Starr
Guest Callers
Elliott .... Macaulay Culkin

Episode Synopsis

When Frasier calls a plumber to fix a leaky toilet, after he and Niles fail at it themselves in an attempt to show their father they're made of sterner stuff than he thinks they are, they both have a flashback to some of the indignities of their school days. The plumber is in fact Danny Kriezel, who tortured Niles with such time honoured traditions as the 'swirly'. But when he has to call in his brother, Frasier's school bully Billy Kriezel, Frasier takes revenge on his torturer while Niles sorts his problems out by talking.

Episode Title Cards
  • Heir To The Throne
  • If You Want It Done Right...
  • The Circle Of Life

Episode Highlights

- Niles's delight at Frasier's Swiss army knife with a turquoise inlay.

- After Frasier and Niles' failed attempt at being plumbers:
Niles: The plumber has been called, the wine has been chilled - suddenly my life makes sense again.

Niles: By hiring a plumber, he can then afford, say, a Dolly Parton album. Ms Parton then arranges a tour that comes to Seattle, and the promoter can then afford to send his cross dressing teenage sons to us for $150 an hour therapy.
Frasier: To the circle of life.

- After Niles confronts Danny Kriezel with his schoolboy memories:
Danny: I may not be able to defend all of my actions, but when you show up to school wearing a twee blazer and elbow patches, I think the guilt here is 50/50.

Frasier Online Episode Review

I found this to be a frustrating episode, as the premise of the episode - Frasier and Niles coming face to face with their high school bullies - seems perfect for the basis for some great comedy but while the "Circle of Life" lines is one of my favourite lines in any episode, and it was still quite amusing to hear more of what the Crane brothers were subjected to at school, not enough of this episode works for me - it just a felt a bit too 'production line' for my liking.


71 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 83.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 3

Character insight, Nov 28, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Seat of Power", like "Burying a Grudge" before it, is definitely not
a series highlight. However, as with basically all of season 2, the
comedy is mined directly from the reality of the characters'
personalities and psyches, and it holds the interest from
beginning to end. The complicated nature of bully vs. bullied
relationship is given a good workout here. Frasier and Niles aren't
wrong to want revenge, and it's so in character for them to think
that merely flaunting their lifestyles will be enough. However, the
Kriezel boys are - as they learn - also flawed, dimensional people.
And, after all, in a testosterone-heavy, boys' school environment,
were they really expected not to pick on the kid with the attache
case? I don't know if the ending is entirely satisfying, if only
because it feels like the situation was devised and then the
writers had to do whatever they could to end it. But it's an
enjoyable episode, with some great moments for Martin, and
some excellent humour from David Hyde Pierce, who has really
found every comic nuance of his character in the scenes where he
discovers Maris is aroused by his efforts at manual labour.

Rating: 81%


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